‘Grit & Grace’: The First Women’s Paris-Roubaix With Marianne Martin and More

2021 was a big year for female riders, and this close look tells the story of one cycling team’s journey — through training and up to race day.

April 16, 2022, marks the second annual Paris-Roubaix Femmes, one of the world’s most challenging and revered single-day road races. In 2021, women’s team SD Worx was one of just a few that would travel down a path that, for more than a century, only men had been granted access to.

“Grit & Grace” features cycling legends like America’s first female Tour de France winner, Marianne Martin, Olympic gold medalists Anna van der Breggen and Connie Carpenter-Phinney, and road race champ Chantal van den Broek-Blaak.

Each woman — a cycling phenom in her own right — discusses what it means that women can now prove themselves on the legendary course. If you love cycling, this film is a must-watch.

Runtime: 23 minutes

Verde PR founder Kristin Carpenter cycling towards the Leadville 100 Race finish with her daughter Bella running beside her
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Jilli Cluff

Jilli grew up in the rural southern Colorado mountains, later moving to Texas for college. After seven years in corporate consulting, she was introduced to sport climbing — and life would never be the same. She now works as a contributor, gear tester, and editor for GearJunkie and other outlets within the AllGear family. She is based out of Atlanta, Georgia where she takes up residence with her climbing gear and one-eared blue heeler, George Michael.

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